Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward made the Associated Press’ (AP) All-Pro Second Team and deservingly so, but he was the only Los Angeles player that earned the distinction as even defensive end Joey Bosa was snubbed earlier this week.
Bosa was ranked seventh overall at his position with a Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade of 91.7. He finished the year with 70 tackles (54 solo), 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He also had his jersey retired in the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year for becoming the first player with 19 sacks in his first 20 NFL games.
Bosa helped the team finish the year 9-7 record after a 0-4 start and subsequently was voted as a starter to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl. The fact that the Chargers didn’t make it to the playoffs and the team is playing second fiddle to an ascending Rams team in Los Angeles might have played a factor in Bosa’s omission from the AP’s All-Pro team.
Regardless of why Bosa was snubbed, he has shown to be a key difference maker for the Chargers since Day 1. Bosa and fellow Los Angeles defensive end Melvin Ingram have become the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL, and neither made the AP’s cut shockingly.
Bosa is just 22 years old and just finished his second full season in the NFL. He has the talent to be one of the game’s best players and is likely to use the AP’s error as fuel in the years to come.
Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram will replace teammate Joey Bosa on the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Bosa will miss the game with a finger injury.
Ingram has never previously made the Pro Bowl.
He had a career-high 10.5 sacks and made 56 tackles and 17 tackles for loss. Ingram also scored his first career touchdown on a 39-yard scoop-and-score against the Bills.
It’s easy to make a case that Ingram deserved a Pro Bowl nod before now as he has 29 sacks, nine forced fumbles and a touchdown in the past three seasons.
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has picked up 22 sacks over his first two NFL seasons, but a near miss against the Jets last week will hurt his bank account.
PFT has confirmed that Bosa has been fined $18,231 for roughing quarterback Bryce Petty in last Sunday’s 14-7 win. Bosa was a beat late getting to Petty and then drove him to the ground in a manner that usually draws a flag from officials.
The penalty came on a third down incompletion intended for Jermaine Kearse and pushed the Jets into the red zone with four minutes left in the game. The Jets wound up turning the ball over on downs four plays later, so the penalty didn’t wind up having a great impact on the outcome.
Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins was also fined $9,115 for an unnecessary roughness penalty on a first quarter punt.